The Sumner outrage: a full report of the speeches at the meeting of citizens in Cambridge, June 2, 1856, in reference to the assault on Senator Sumner, in the Senate chamber at Washington

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John Ford, printer., 1856 - Slavery - 33 pages

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Page 19 - You have condemn'd and noted Lucius Pella For taking bribes here of the Sardians ; Wherein my letters, praying on his side, Because I knew the man, were slighted off. Bru. You wrong'd yourself to write in such a case. Cas. In such a time as this, it is not meet That every nice offence should bear his comment.
Page 11 - ... painful as it has been, but I would not have opposed it, even though three years more should be added to the number, (which Heaven avert !) I feel a pleasure in being able to sacrifice my selfish passions to the general good, and in imitating the example, which has taught me to consider myself and family but as the small dust of the balance, when compared with the great community.
Page 28 - Every one present at the vote, voted against inquiry. There were several senators from the Slave States present at the assault. Blow after blow fell on his defenceless head. No one knew that the next blow might not be the fatal blow ; yet no one interfered ; no word, no cry, no motion. [Yes, Mr. Crittenden did.] Perhaps he did, at the close, a little, but for that little he was threatened with chastisement on the spot. Not one press south of the Potomac has condemned the act. Not one public man or...
Page 33 - If there be, within the extent of our knowledge or influence, any participation in this traffic, let us pledge ourselves here, upon the rock of Plymouth, to extirpate and destroy it. It is not fit that the land of the Pilgrims should bear the shame longer.
Page 11 - ... permit the madness and violence of a few to tear away 'from the Constitution the safeguards of freedom upheld by ' law, leaving only the forms of a free government in place ' of the substance which we have fondly hoped was obtained, ' it is not for us now here to say what shall then be done. For ' myself personally, I am perhaps known to most of you as a 'peaceable citizen, reasonably conservative, devotedly attached ' to the Constitution, and much too far advanced in life for gasco...
Page 19 - ... agitation, like Christianity at its birth, was a sword which divided families and friends. The separation lasted till 1856, when Felton, at a public meeting in Cambridge called to condemn the assault on Sumner, referred to a " long, intimate, and affectionate acquaintance" with him, and spoke of him as " a scholar of rich and rare acquirements, a gentleman of noble qualities and generous aims, distinguished for the amenities of social life, and a companion most welcome in the society of the most...
Page 29 - Mr. President, the last census has demonstrated what many have declared, but few have believed, that under the form of a republic, this country is now, and has long been, governed by an oligarchy. In the free states there are now about seventeen millions of free inhabitants and no slaves. In the slave states there are four millions of slaves, owned by three hundred and fifty thousand owners. These 350,000 owners of slaves own the valuable land and the labourers, and monopolise the government of the...
Page 11 - ... father's blood was shed on Bunker Hill at the commencement of one revolution, and that there is a little more of the same sort left, if it shall prove that need be, for the beginning of another!
Page 29 - ... Court of the United States. The population, the arts, the sciences, commerce, inventions, copyrights, manufactures, all are with the Free States. Yet the Slave States hold and have always held the judiciary. They almost monopolised the army and navy when appointments were open. At this moment, though there are sixteen Free States and fifteen Slave States, a majority of the Senate are slave holders. " To make a long story short, there has never been a question between the slave power and the free...
Page 10 - ... people are lovers of peace regardless of what section of the country it may be in. There should be a union of all men and all parties for the assertion of constitutional freedom through the ballot box. However, if the madness of a few is to tear away from the constitution, the safeguards of freedom, it is not for us now and here to say what shall then be done. The measures will be dealt out according to existing conditions at that time. All minor issues should be thrown aside for the great issue.

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